Beverly Hills. The mere mention of this iconic community in Los Angeles county, conjures visions of movie stars, mansions and the exclusive shops and boutiques of Rodeo Drive. Visitors come here to be a part of the glitz and glamour, to be a part of Hollywood and see in person all the places they’ve been watching on TV and in the movies for years. And just as so many come to walk down Rodeo Drive or the Sunset Strip, take a tour of the lavish homes and have a meal at The Polo Lounge, others come for the hidden gems. Those locations away from the crowds that offer a glimpse of another side of Beverly Hills.
Here are our top 5 picks for Hollywood Hidden Gems:
The Fairy Tale Residences.
While Beverly Hills is known the world over for its real estate opulence, these two homes are famous for different reasons. The O’Neill House, at 507 North Rodeo Dr. will make you feel like you’ve fallen down the rabbit hole from Alice In Wonderland. The swirling exterior is a nod to surreal architect Antoni Gaudi. If vertigo doesn’t set in first, take a walk around the back of the house for the best view.
The Witch’s House, better known as the Spadena House, is located at 516 North Walden Drive. Built in 1921 and graced with a pointy, lopsided roof, tiny windows and distressed stucco, this home is reminiscent of something out of Hansel and Gretel. Interestingly, it was originally built for a silent movie studio, then purchased by the Spadena family and moved to its current location in 1934.
Virginia Robinson Gardens
Nature lovers will adore this botanical garden set on the 6.2 acres of heiress Virginia Robinson, of Robinson’s department stores fame. Located at 1008 Elden Way, Ms. Robinson found her inspiration for this garden from her extensive travels. Started in 1911, the Virginia Robinson Gardens now boasts an oasis complete with pools, fountains exotic and rare plants. The Palm Tree Forest features over 200 King Palms, the largest collection outside of Australia. Tours are by appointment only, so be sure to make your reservation.
A decidedly intimate setting, with reserved-only seating for 35, Ten Pound celebrates and showcases the rarest of Macallan single malt Scotch whisky. Located discreetly within the Montage Beverly Hills, bar staff create legendary cocktails served in Lalique crystal and complemented by aged sharp cheddar and pressed bacon. You may even choose to indulge in a fine cigar. 225 N. Canon Dr.
SUGARFISH Beverly Hills
An exclusive experience limited to just 10 patrons and 2 seatings a day, SUGARFISH is a delicious lesson in traditional sushi. World-renowned chef Kazunori Nozawa shuns American style sushi and instead painstakingly crafts his artisanal sushi using the finest fish available. The menu is spare, with 3 core menu items called “Trust Me’s”, a nod to traditional Japanese omakase, in which the chef chooses your order. 212 North Canon Dr. Be aware that SUGARFISH does not accept reservations.
Sprinkles Cupcakes ATM
What a fun and innovative idea! Founded by Candace Nelson, a pastry chef and judge on the competition series Cupcake Wars and Sugar Rush, Sprinkles Cupcakes opened its doors, er, window in 2005. Easily recognizable by its colorful stripes, Sprinkles quickly became a celebrity hotspot. Swing by and enjoy a delicious sweet treat from the ATM window and look around for your favorite celebrities! 9635 S. Santa Monica Blvd.
We hope this guide has given you a varied overview of some of the off-the-beaten-track activities available in Beverly Hills. For accommodation, check out our collection of amazing Beverly Hills Villas for your next dream vacation.
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